Viral photo gets man a kidney donor

The single act of posting a picture online will save a life. 

"I started crying and screaming and crying and screaming. I was so excited." 

That's Rocio Sandoval's reaction to the news that her friend will get a kidney donation after she posted online that Robert Leibowitz needed one. 

He says it's a Hanukkah miracle. 

"Tuesday he gives me the call. He said, 'guess what? We're a match.'"

All because Rocio posted a picture of the New Jersey man while he was on vacation at Disney back in August. 

"I expected 100 shares," she said. "I was hopeful for 100 shares and when I got to 90-something thousand, I was floored." 

That's when Richie Sully entered the picture. A friend told the Indiana man about the story and Richie got tested. 

It took months, but Richie was given the greenlight for the transplant Tuesday. 

Now there's a kink in the plans, making sure Richie has the funds to recover after the surgery. 

"I have to take a caregiver with me to the most expensive city in the world and stay there for two weeks, while I wait for them to tell me that I'm healthy enough to go home," Sully said. 

A GoFundMe page has been setup to cover those costs. 

It's the final blessing Richie needs to save Robert's life. 

"It's funny when I told my kids, they were just screaming," Leibowitz said. "I'm surprised you didn't hear them in Orlando." 

The surgery is scheduled to take place January 18.

 

LINKS:

https://www.gofundme.com/k93w7exk

https://www.youcaring.com/robertleibowitz-1003562
 

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